We are a multi-disciplinary unit based in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Our current primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty. We seek to achieve this mission through
- advising and facilitating curriculum reviews and restructuring
- offering continuous professional development of staff in their roles as educators
- promoting the effective use of Educational Technology
- facilitating and conducting Health Sciences education research
In September of 2017, we started hosting regular sessions of twelve-minute talks around the topic of Teaching & Educating using Technology (TET). These conversations, modelled after the famous TED talks, were created as a time and a space for people to share ideas with faculty members during lunchtime breaks once a month.
The NMC Horizon Report identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.”
Technology-enhanced teaching and learning is becoming an important part of medical education
Our new webinar series, co-hosted with The International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explores how health professionals around the world are increasingly using digital technologies to prepare for practice, keep their knowledge and skills updated and train others.
Sign up now: Click here to register for these 30-minute webinars, send us your questions (FHS EDU Elearning) and – if you can’t join us on the day – be informed when the webinar recordings and transcripts are available to download.
At the end of 2017, the Education Development Unit in the DHSE held a session for course conveners to hear how we could support them in 2017, what with the mini-semester and a series of condensed courses lying ahead. Based on the needs expressed in that session arranged by Elmi Badenhorst and Busayo Ige, the EDU and the Writing Lab put their heads together to create a series of survival guides for course conveners
Innovation won the day at the Faculty’s 8th annual Celebrating Health Sciences Education Conference this year. The Faculty’s creative and inquiring minds shared how they have addressed some vexing educational challenges. The award for the best presentation went to Jaisubash Jayakumar for his paper on “Innovative Strategies for Enhanced Learning of Immunology”. Dr Jayakumar designed a technology based solution that supports students’ learning and combats the negative perceptions that first year students can develop if they struggle while learning immunology for the first time.
In celebrating Health Sciences, the Department of Health Sciences Education (DHSE) will be hosting a conference on 04 August 2016, from 08:00 t0 16:30. The focus will be on the past, present and future of Health Sciences Education.
Vula, UCT's online collaboration and learning environment, is used to support UCT courses as well as other UCT-related groups and communities. The word "Vula" means "open", and refers to the many possibilities provided by Vula, as well as its Open Source origins. Vula is jointly developed with other universities worldwide as part of the Sakai Project. Sakai is one of the software projects being developed and maintained by the Apereo Foundation, an organisation with members drawn from higher education whose mission is to help educational organisations deliver their mission, by developing and sustaining open source software.
Francois Cilliers recently spent two days in Windhoek working with staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Namibia.
Hosted by the newly established Department of Health Sciences Education, this year’s 7th Annual Health Research Day was an historic event. A space to engage with both innovative practice and research being done in the Faculty, the Day tapped in to the on-going discussion spurred by the Rhodes Must Fall movement.
Based on the theme “Rhodes Has Fallen, Now What?” the day-long programme began with a welcome from Deputy Dean Professor Gonda Perez and a keynote address titled Transformation: Issues in Health Sciences Education by Associate Professor Collet Dandara, of the Division of Human Genetics. Read more about the Research Day 2015 here]